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Charley's March of Time


Published 1948


Charley questions the need for the National Insurance Acts of 1948. Welfare State. National Insurance payments. Social insurance.


Run time 9 Minutes 2 Seconds
Production Company Halas & Batchelor
Sponsor Central Office of Information for Ministry of National Insurance
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Credits

Public Information Films

Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - July 9, 2008
Subject: Go Charley Go
Not bad, but not as greatly animated as "Schoolhouse Days" and a bit clumsily structured. Charley feels we don't need a Health Insureance act, and he sure as heck ain't going to pay for it. Narrator tells him otherwise by going back in time and giving example after example.
Reviewer: Woolwinder - - December 2, 2007
Subject: Unashamedly Optimistic
This was a decent attempt to tell a British public just out of a long and punishing war some good news. An optimistic and earnest government had put forward a true social programme that had been costed for assumptions of the time around employment capacity, life expectancy etc.
Although the NI Fund was set up to pay for itself, all the new money coming in was quickly hijacked by increasingly desperate politicians to pay for other priorities (roads, public transport, education etc) and became a pay-as-you-go scheme. Add in more tinkering over the years (some genuine but some blatant political point-scoring), changing demographics, and you have the bloated mess that now costs the country over £25 billion a year to maintain.
Reviewer: SirJekyllAppliance - - November 1, 2007
Subject: Not the best Charley on this topic
Movieman... pensioners DO get £1000's! Arguably not enough £1000's. Indeed most of the benefits of NI continue to exist. Unfortunately people's expectations have increased along with material living standards. Several things weren't factored in and possibly couldn't be predicted at the inception e.g. population growth, lower infant mortality/death in childbirth, myriad technological advances leading to a vast panopoly of new treatments that extend life, the dispersal of family units and the trend away from 'caring for our elders', population growth due to the immigration instigated withdrawal from Empire and rebuilding infrastructure and economy, technological advancements in warfare and the 'peace dividend', the continuation and increase of female employment, reduction of absolute poverty (as opposed to relative), de-institutionalising of physically and mentally disabled, immunisation, antibiotics &c. I'm sure you can add to the list.

Provide a new subscription service and you'll create an increasing demand.

In 'The Looney' by Spike Milligan, Mick Looney asks his doctor for a Bronchitis so that he can get some value for his NI! lol Many a true word &c.
Reviewer: movieman - - November 27, 2005
Subject: Surreal
'Only a scheme such as this can afford you such high benefits'

Ah, the days when people thought that paying 25p a month in 'national insurance' would give you a pension of thousands of pounds a year decades later, paid for by your kids.

A truly surreal piece of propaganda which tries to equate the 'national insurance' compulsory ponzi scam with cavemen hiding from dinosaurs... you can tell the makers don't have a case against the arguments when they have to resort to such emotional quackery.
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